Redefining waterscapes: in contemporary urban communities in Shanghai, China
The major concern of the practicum is to investigate the ecological value of community waterscapes in urban Shanghai, China, and its approaches. The practicum explores changes in water ecosystems and related water issues during human society development, as well as advanced landscape theories regarding water resources management to address these issues efficiently. This research supports the strategy of ‘urban resilience’ that can suit for community waterscape design in high-density cities. The proposed design addresses flooding and water pollution problems in Shanghai and establishes a high resilient urban strategy to respond to rapid changes. As one of the main aspects of city constructions, communities should become parts of the city green infrastructure network and play a role of managing the urban water system. The practicum selects Culture Garden Community in Shanghai as an example. The functional-oriented design on community waterscapes can provide a reference for future sustainable and resilient community renovation and design.